arts & culture

USA’S RODERICK COX TO JOIN 80-PIECE ORCHESTRA FOR DREAM BIG CHARITY EVENT

Dream Big, a cocktail party, concert and auction presented by the Doilie Foundation and the National Youth Orchestra, is set to be this year’s biggest charity event aimed at providing aid to young artists.

The evening will take place on Saturday, 18 August, at the Atlas Studios in Milpark, Johannesburg, and will be headlined by the full green-and-gold 80-piece National Youth Orchestra. They will be joined by guest artists Coenie de Villiers, Gloria Bosman, Elzabé Zietsman and Naomi van Niekerk under the baton of Roderick Cox who joins us all the way from the USA.

The evening will also include an auction of…
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USA’S RODERICK COX TO JOIN 80-PIECE ORCHESTRA FOR DREAM BIG CHARITY EVENT

FIVE PLACES TO SEE IN THE MUSIC CITY, NASHVILLE

From honky-tonks to GooGoo Clusters, Lucy Corne immerses herself in Nashville life and emerges with a new-found respect for country music.

Here’s her list of places to see in Nashville:

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Allow at least two hours to explore this vast museum of music history and try your hand at singing a country song.

Johnny Cash Museum

Conveniently located just off Broadway, the small but excellent Johnny Cash Museum houses a comprehensive collection of personal memorabilia, including the poem he wrote after June Carter’s funeral.

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The Grand Ole Opry

Founded in the 1920s as a country music radio show, the Opry has operated as…
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FIVE PLACES TO SEE IN THE MUSIC CITY, NASHVILLE

LIZ OGUMBO: AN EAST AFRICAN GEM

I met 32-year-old Liz Ogumbo, an immensely talented fashion designer, vocalist, radio host and TV producer, eight years ago as she laid the final tracks of her debut album KenSoul. Even then she wanted her music to have an impact on listeners and showcase the soul of her homeland, Kenya, and African creativity.

With her second album, KenSoul: The Lotus Chapter, Jo’burg-based Ogumbo hopes her lyrics encourage listeners to help solve society’s challenges. “I’d like people to be moved to action when they listen to my songs. Music is life, and I want this to reflect in those who take in songs such as Msenangu, which reflects just how much I appreciate East African music,” she says.

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LIZ OGUMBO: AN EAST AFRICAN GEM

SHARING THE LUCK WITH GOODLUCK

First, they set about establishing themselves as the supreme rulers of local playlists. Next, they amassed an eager army of international fans. Now, they’re poised to help other African artists enjoy similar success.
For Juliet Harding, Ben Peters and Matthew O’Connell – the talent behind GoodLuck – being at the top of your game means helping other people reach the top of theirs. That’s been the band’s ethos since its inception back in 2011, when Peters asked Harding whether she’d be interested in breaking away from the group they belonged to at the time to focus on a more electronic sound.
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SHARING THE LUCK WITH GOODLUCK

TSHEPO MASEKO ON CHANGING YOUNG LIVES WITH JAZZ

Tshepo Maseko is an activist who uses jazz to deliver a powerful message to today’s young South Africans. “I started It Has To Be Jazz (IHTBJ) to show the youth that there is a bright future for them. This was after I had a tough time myself in 2016, when I quit my job and decided to fulfil my dream of helping unrecorded artists establish their careers. I insisted on just one thing: it had to be jazz,” says Tshepo, who focuses on artists aged 18-35.

“I met many talented young people who were so discouraged that they were considering dropping their music to pursue other careers,”…
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TSHEPO MASEKO ON CHANGING YOUNG LIVES WITH JAZZ

REDEFINING BOUNDARIES AT THIS YEAR’S NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL IN MAKHANDA

Like a resolute film director who knows exactly how he wants each scene to play out, Ashraf Johaardien, Executive Producer of the National Arts Festival (NAF) which takes place in Makhanda – formerly known as Grahamstown – has made his vision clear for this year: to deliver a programme that will allow audiences to experience various forms of the arts in single, multi-disciplinary offerings.

“This year, we aim to offer a wide variety of creative outlets, such as drama, dance, physical theatre, comedy, opera, music, jazz, art exhibitions, film, lectures, craft fairs, workshops, live screenings and a children’s arts festival,” says Johaardien.

He and his team also…
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REDEFINING BOUNDARIES AT THIS YEAR’S NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL IN MAKHANDA